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October 20-November 3, 2022

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET


“Speak the speech as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.”

For four hundred years, Shakespeare’s immortal words have had us rolling in the aisles, crying into our drinks, or contemplating life's great mysteries. Learn how to make Shakespeare’s language jump off the page and invoke delight or dole with theater legend and teacher extraordinaire Kate Burton.


In this class you will learn how to demystify Shakespeare and his verse and find the internal truth of the character. By the end of the class you will leave armed with the confidence in Shakespeare to take on any audition or performance.


By offering performance courses online, Red Bull is thrilled to provide the highest level of New York Theater training to performers from all over the country at accessible prices.   

Essential Question:

How do you approach Shakespeare’s text with knowledge and confidence, utilizing the clues and tools in the verse to find the dynamic truth of your character and situation? What aspects of an actor’s preparation are most essential when approaching Shakespeare performance? How do you engage honestly with Shakespeare’s text in high stress environments such as auditions or self-tapes.


Course Objectives:
  • Demystify Shakespeare’s words.

  • Learn how to use Shakespeare’s verse, text and rhetoric to find clues about your character

  • Prepare one monologue that you are confident and excited to use in audition settings


KATE BURTON has been nominated for three Tony Awards for her work on Broadway in Hedda Gabler (directed by Nicholas Martin), The Elephant Man (with Billy Crudup) and The Constant Wife (with Lynn Redgrave), her other Broadway shows include Present Laughter (with both George C Scott and Kevin Kline), the original production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh directed by Garry Hynes (and in the UK/Ireland tour) and Company (directed by Scott Ellis). Having played Prospera in The Tempest at The Old Globe in 2018, Volumnia in Coriolanus at NY’s Shakespeare in the Park in 2019 and Ghost of Christmas Past at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2021, she will next appear in Master Class in the summer of 2023 to be directed by Susan Stroman. An Emmy nominee for "Grey’s Anatomy" and "Scandal", she has most recently been seen in "Inventing Anna", "The Dropout", "Bosch Legacy" and "The First Lady" and is currently on the big screen in Breaking. Other film work includes 127 Hours, Ice Storm, Unfaithful, Where’d You go, Bernadette and Big Trouble in Little China. She is a Professor of Theatre Practice in Acting at USC and teaches and directs both contemporary and classical theater and camera classes at SDA. A graduate of Brown University and The Yale School of Drama, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Brown in 2007. She serves as a trustee at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, Williamstown Theater Festival, Brown University and is on the council of Actor’s Equity Association.



October 20th & 27th and November 3rd

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET


You should prepare a classical monologue you wish to work on. 


Technical Needs:

You will need a computer that can support Zoom as well as a decent webcam and microphone (built-in are acceptable). You will need steady internet that can support video conferencing. A front light is recommended as well as a quiet space. 


Contact Nathan Winkelstein.

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